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A House bill under discussion would deny resettlement of refugees in Kansas communities that lack a sufficient amount of services or local law enforcement.

Under the measure, the governor and local governments would determine whether a community has the resources to accommodate the arrival of refugees. A community also could request a moratorium on resettlement if it is unable to provide services to the incoming population.

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Gov. Sam Brownback is sticking with his decision not to allow state agencies to help relocate Syrian refugees to Kansas. In recent weeks, faith leaders have asked the governor to reconsider under the religious ideals of compassion for those in need.

Brownback says in an interview that he maintains his concern terrorists could infiltrate the U.S. with the refugees.

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More religious officials are joining the call for Gov. Sam Brownback to reverse his stance on Syrian refugees coming to Kansas.

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Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer says Syrian refugees need help on the ground, and bringing some to the U.S. won’t solve the problem. Colyer visited Syrian refugee camps in Jordan last week with Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson. Colyer says the U.S. should work with allies in the region to help Syrians return to their homes, rather than bring a small number to the U.S.

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President Obama wants the United States to accept refugees who are fleeing the violence in Syria and Iraq. Congress opposes this plan, as do most governors, including Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. Some churches are taking a different stand.

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A bishop for the United Methodist Church is asking elected officials to allow Syrian refugees into the country. Bishop Scott Jones, of the Great Plains Conference, says 35 congregations in Kansas and Nebraska are willing to sponsor Syrian families.

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 The Global Learning Center of Wichita will hold a program on Saturday titled "The Islamic State and America's New War: How it will Change the Middle East."The speaker is Joshua Landis who is Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc talked with him on Tuesday morning, the day after the first strikes on ISIS targets in Syria. 

The all-Republican Kansas congressional delegation is almost unanimous in its opposition to a U.S. military action in Syria.

Senator Pat Roberts says, following reports that Syria's government used chemical weapons on its people, he doubts the U.S. can avoid a military strike in Syria.

Roberts says President Barack Obama should address the nation and get the consent of Congress for military action.

The senator told a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce group yesterday Congress would authorize military action by the Democratic administration.